Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019 provokes discussions - as usual
William Larue Weller is the fouth whisky in row from North America that was named World Whisky of the Year
He remains faithful to the line he followed the last years: whisky author Jim Murray enthrones an American whiskey as his World Whisky of the Year. Shouldn’t his book be called “Whiskey Bible” meanwhile, some may joke. But while we judge Murray’s award by regarding it with our single malt eyes and are disappointed or annoyed the world is all right for Bourbon fans.
Crowned, but out of stock
After Colonel EH Taylor Four Grain Bourbon (2018), Booker’s Rye (2017) and Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (2016) were awarded best whisky of the year it’s Larue Weller 128.2 Proof now that got the crown 2019. It was released as part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017 and experienced whisky fans will now by that: there will hardly be any chance to enjoy a dram of this Bourbon. These special editions (you can find a news here about this year’s Antique Collection) are regularly sold out short after they enter the market.
Glent Grant 18: a regular on the podium
After all, Scotch whisky fans can console themselves with the fact that with his number two Jim Murray raises a Scottish single malt on the podium, which is easy to purchase in many shops: Glen Grant 18 years is a long runner in the Whisky Bible’s annals: 3rd place last year, 2nd place the year before - Jim Murray proves loyalty to his scheme.
Third best whisky 2019 is Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye 127.2 Proof, like the winner a bottling of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017. Single Cask of the Year is also an American, namely the Bourbon Blanton's Gold Edition Single Barrel. Actually, the Irish Whiskey of the Year is not an American, it’s the Redbreast 12 Years Cask Strength. Here, too, Jim Murray remains true to himself: Last year, Redbreast 21 won this title. Likewise consistency in the categories Best Blended Scotch without age statement and 5-12 years old: Ballantine's Finest and Johnny Walker Black Label were chosen - there is hardly any risk that they will soon be out of stock.
If you are interested in a list of the other awards of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019, you can find it here at scotchwhisky.com.